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Personal vehicle stolen during emergency run

Monday, June 15, 2009

Brandon Sciotto
In less than 20 minutes, a local emergency responder had his car stolen when he was toned out to an accident scene Sunday evening.

"I'd been at the Clay County Search and Rescue Office (525 East National Avenue, Brazil) all day when we were dispatched to an accident on Interstate 70 at 7:59 p.m.," Brandon Sciotto told The Brazil Times Monday before going to pick up a rental car. "We were disregarded at 8:07 p.m., and by the time we got back to the office my car was gone. I bought that car a couple of months ago, and although it wasn't new, it was new to me. They took it off the street along United States 40 in broad daylight."

Sciotto isn't the first emergency responder in the area to be robbed while volunteering time to help someone else. He said he knew of others who have reported vehicles riffled through, tires slashed and had their equipment stolen while they were on emergency runs.

"I've not slept much because there is so much in my head right now," Sciotto said. "My medications were in the car, along with my books for paramedic class and my golf clubs."

Sciotto said that each time he remembers something else that was inside his car and realizes it is now gone, it adds salt to the injury.

"I'm going on vacation soon and I really wanted to go golfing," he said. "Experiencing something like this just wears you out."

Local residents, who might spot Sciotto's missing 2003 burgundy Ford Taurus, license plate number NX 9410, can contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211 with the details.

"What upsets me most is that I went to help someone and had my car stolen for my effort," Sciotto said, adding that he's trying to keep his spirits up but it's difficult to do after having his trust violated. "It's really hard. It's like Ron White says in his comedy act, 'This is a whole new level of anger.'"

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How sad it is that people are so disrespectful, that they need to steal someone's vehicle, in broad day light no less.

If you are the one that stole this vehicle, please read the next sentence...


-- Posted by dbltrbl on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 4:42 PM

They didn't report that there are other vehicles that have been stolen in the last few days and not recovered.

-- Posted by pepper1 on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 6:57 PM

"They didn't report that there are other vehicles that have been stolen in the last few days and not recovered."

Did those people contact the Times about it? Were they out doing emergency work when it happened? And do all the cases need to be highlighted or just one every now and then?

-- Posted by Larah1 on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 7:46 PM

I'm sorry to hear about your car and clubs, hope you still can enjoy your vacation, I can sympathize with you having been there myself, real rotten feeling to know we have that type people roaming around, probably only going to get worse, lock everything up its the only deterrent we have even in broad daylight.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 8:11 PM

Hopefully your car is recovered soon and in good condition.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 9:37 PM

To Larah1 may your car never get stolen.My point was that besides the drugs that are running rampant through this town,that someone or someones are stealing several vehicles in this area and the people in this town need to be aware of it.

-- Posted by pepper1 on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 10:32 PM

I know a lady that had her purse stolen in broad daylight right out of her shopping cart at Krogers. What is wrong with people these days?!

Here's this guy out trying to help others & he gets his car ripped off. That really stinks.

I know we've had some young guys lurking around our neighborhood. (around Vandalia) A man that lives up the alley from us had an aluminum ladder stolen from his property and they dumped by someone else's garage. Something must have scared them.

-- Posted by th1953 on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 11:29 PM

Brandon: I hope your car and property are recovered. You have given so much to our community!! Your efforts are appreciated by everyone who knows you. I hope that it helps to know that you are in our thoughts.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 7:10 AM

LAZY PEOPLE ! that is the answer , it seems like these people think we the tax payers owe them. while we are working they are going to our work stealing from us

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 7:16 AM

There is crime going on everywhere at every second of the day and not just in Clay County/Brazil.

The tragedy of this story, whether there are other cars stolen in the area or not, it highlights how rotten crime is.

This guy is out there giving "FREELY" of his time to help his fellow neighbors in times of tragedy, maybe even the robber's family, and the good guy's car is stolen. It sucks being a victim of crime for anyone, but this is horrible.

Brandon, I hope that you don't let this taint your heart on humanity and give up being a volunteer. Keep smiling and keep your sense of humor. Ron White is right!!

-- Posted by Cy on Tue, Jun 16, 2009, at 11:54 AM


Search and Rescue is not an organized volunteer fire department as recognized by Indiana Code. They perform no firefighting mission, therefore he is not entitled to display a blue light on his vehicle. I devoutfully hope that this will not turn into a "let's bash the volunteer" thread. and to clarify, his vehicle was not being used in the emergency response. I know this because I was in a fire engine staged at the interstate on ramp across from Search and Rescue, he was in their rescue vehicle and as stated in the article his car was parked on US 40 in front of their building. As far as I know, no volunteer fire department is authorized to run their blue lights in town. Unless given specific instance by instance authority issued over the radio. And to clarify another point so as not to give the wrong impression, a blue light is a courtesy only. It does not give the person the right of way, the person allowed to display a blue light MUST obey all traffic regulations and operate their vehicle with Due Regard for public safety. I will admit in the past and even some limited occurences today there are some who violate this and cast a bad light on those of us who follow the rules. But I do ask everyone to refrain from bashing someone who is giving of their time in the service of others.

We are all responsible for our own actions.

I don't see anywhere in the article where it stated his keys were in the vehicle. If that is the case, yes he bears some responsibility.

However, he like many others in the community (whether it be volunteer firefighters, reserve police, reserve deputies, charitable organizations, etc) give their time to better the community. I think that is the main reason this article appeared in the paper, to state the fact that it happens to us just like the rest of the community.

It is truly sad that this happened.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 7:21 AM

freedom1 you are so right

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 1:05 PM

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